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Natural Preservative Alternatives - Part 1

SpecialChem / Nick Morante – Jan 8, 2007

Synthetic preservatives have gotten some really bad press lately. Tops on the list are Parabens. I look at many websites for natural products and they say they don't use any synthetic ingredients such as chemical sunscreens, FD&C colorants or Parabens. I've seen scores of advertisements on the Internet for Natural Cosmetics that specifically say they don't use Parabens in their products due to the "dangers" they pose. But no where in any of these advertisements do I see what preservatives the Parabens are replaced with. They just don't say. Replace one synthetic preservative with another? The consumer will never know unless they purchase the product, which I don't think is fair at all. If you are going to say what you don't use, you should at least follow that up with what you do use as a substitute. If you want to sell a product to the consumer, at least be fair and honest with them. So let's give a little refresher course on parabens. Parabens are esters of p-hydroxybenzoic acid. As we all know, these are very popular preservatives and are synthetic in origin. Their most common salts are propyl, butyl and ethyl parabens.

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